The Routes of Cervantes
“Liberty, Sancho, my friend, is one of the most precious gifts that Heaven has bestowed on mankind; all the treasures the earth contains in its bosom or the ocean within its depths cannot be compared with it. For liberty, as well as for honor, man ought to risk even his life, and he should reckon captivity the greatest evil life can bring”.
Birth of Miguel de Cervantes in Alcalá de Henares.
Juan López de Hoyos organises the funeral of Queen Isabel of Valois, Miguel de Cervantes composes four poems.
Royal warrant for the arrest of a "Miguel de Cervantes" for injuries caused to Antonio de Sigura.
Cervantes serves as a waiter in the entourage of Monsignor Acquaviva in Italy.
Times of war
Battle of Lepanto with the Holy League facing the Turkish army. Cervantes is enlisted in the company of Diego de Urbina.
Cervantes recovers in a hospital in Messina.
Miguel is an outstanding soldier in the company of Ponce de León and is involved in the taking and loss of Tunis or La Goulette.
Cervantes is licenced as a soldier.
Captivity in Algiers
Miguel and Rodrigo de Cervantes are taken prisoners by Algerian pirates off the Catalan coast.
Cervantes's fourth attempt to escape with over 60 other prisoners. They hid in a cave during several months.
A time of love and writing
Brothers Juan Gil and Antón de la Bella free Miguel de Cervantes.
Miguel de Cervantes is sent on mission to Oran as a spy by Felipe II.
Wedding of Miguel de Cervantes and Catalina de Salazar in Esquivias.
Publication of La Galatea, Cervantes's first extensive literary piece
Cervantes becomes Commissioner General of Supplies and a tax collector in Andalusia.
The Birth of the Ingenious Gentleman
Publication of the first part of Don Quixote
“Putting feet in the stirrups...”
Cervantes's family settles in Valladolid for two years.
The second part of Don Quixote is published
Cervantes completes The trials of Persiles and Sigismunda which will be published posthumously.
Cervantes dies in his home on Calle del León, Madrid, on 22 April.
Cervantes is buried at the Monastery of the Barefooted Trinitarians of San Ildefonso, in Madrid.